Despite recent advances in neuroimaging, the medical community still lacks a comprehensive map of the brain and how it changes with age. Such maps would make it possible for doctors to distinguish between what is normal aging and what is atypical, which would make it possible to link atypical changes to neurological diseases and various mental health issues. Thanks to a $34 million NIH grant, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis will lead a project to make such maps of the brain a reality.Read More
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Researchers at Texas Medical Center’s McGovern School of Medicine piloted a revolutionary way of treating spina bifida patients in utero. The new method utilizes a patch made from human umbilical cord and the regenerative tissue does not cause scarring, which often leads to complications. Recent clinical trials preformed at TMC’s Fetal Center at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital showed improved outcomes for babies inflicted with the birth defect.
The Department of Energy recently gave the University of Georgia, Athens a $3 million grant to conduct bioenergy research. The government has pledged $25 million over the next five years to researchers trying to make biofuel more economically efficient. At $3 million, the University of Georgia, Athens is receiving more than any other university.
A gift to Harvard University for $50 million is slated to be announced Monday. The money will be donated by former Harvard student and businessman Len Blavatnik to help fuel a major enterprise intending to bridge the break between basic biomedical research and the creation of new patient therapies. The gift will also kick-start the creation of a fellowship at Harvard Business School to help life science entrepreneurs by expanding their exposure to life science technologies and research.
The University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine announced the establishment of a new biomedical informatics program this March. The Institute for Biomedical Informatics (IBI) received founding support from the Smilow Center for Translational Research. According to Dr. J. Larry Jameson, dean of the Perelman School of Medicine, the Institute for Biomedical Informatics will "bring together the large number of Penn faculty who work in the broad field of biomedical informatics to inform science and medical care. We will expand the number of faculty even more to create a wide-ranging program of research and education to find and clinically apply the treatments of the future and to train the next generation of physician-scientists.”
A $20 million gift from Philip and Cheryl Milstein to the Columbia University Medical Center was announced recently. The donation will be used as part of an effort to rejuvenate the medical campus with construction of the Medical & Graduate Education Building on Haven Street between West 171st and West 172nd Streets. Administrators at Columbia University Medical Center said the building will include “innovative classroom and study spaces that will incorporate state-of-the-art information technology while facilitating collaborative, team-based learning.” The new building’s function will be the training of students in the College of Physicians and Surgeons and the biomedical science departments in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. (Read our earlier blog on this new construction project at CUMC here.)
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Emory University physician and deputy director of the Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University Fadlo R. Khuri, MD, will be awarded the prestigious Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Memorial Award from the American Association for Cancer Research. The award will recognize his groundbreaking accomplishments and contributions as a researcher of lung and aerodigestive medical oncology.
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill recently began construction on a new facility that will be used for research on brain injuries, according to Vice President for Facilities Planning and Development Ray Lafrenaye and a Chapelboro.com news article. The facility will be named the Comprehensive Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Center and is being constructed in the former University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Border’s bookstore building on Fordham Boulevard. The center is planning on opening for operations in the next few months.
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